Buying a listed building in Cottingham - what can go wrong?

Listed buildings can be very desirable to own. Architectural features like thatched roofs and painted tiles display character and charm. Ownership makes you are a curator of a piece of history and means that you will have specific obligations that might impact your enjoyment of your house.

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What are the issues with Listed Building ownership?

First find out what grading of listed building the house you are buying is, as this will set out what the restrictions are.

Grade I

Grade I are buildings of exceptional interest. Approximately 3% of listed properties are Grade I.

Grade II*

Grade II* buildings are particularly important and of more than special interest. Approximately 6% of listed properties are Grade II*.

Grade II

Grade II are buildings that are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them. Approximately 91% of listed properties are Grade II.

What can and can't I do?

Listed building restrictions are put in place to preserve the architectural or historic interest of the property. These controls prevent alterations that do not have the necessary consent (e.g. adding rooflights) to the house.

Typical examples of what may be listed include anything from window frames to gable-ended wings.

Making alterations

If purchasing a listed property, any alterations to the property, that affect its character, must have formal planning and listed building consent from East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

What if the property has been modified already?

The appropriate consents should exist if a listed building has already undergone alterations.

Failing to obtain the correct planning consents for any changes is an offence. The responsibility for making sure all consents have been granted will be transferred to the buyer.

What obligations will the buyer have?

As the owner of a listed building in Cottingham, you will need to ensure the house remains in good condition

The local authority may take legal action if you fail to maintain the building, and may ultimately force you to sell the property to the authority.

Period-specific techniques, e.g. period brickwork or cob construction, often must be used when performing repair work.

Find listed properties in Cottingham

There are about half a million listed properties across the country, and around 2,755 of which are in East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Cottingham listed buildings include:

  • Kiln At Os 8474 8996 Water Lane, Cottingham, Corby, Northamptonshire
  • Wood Hollow, 22 Church Street, Cottingham, Corby, Northamptonshire
  • Number 2 And Attached Entrance To Number 4 Church Street, Cottingham, Corby, Northamptonshire
  • Church Of St Mary Magdalene, Church Street, Cottingham, Corby, Northamptonshire
  • Pair Of Chest Tombs Approximately 2 Metres South Of South Aisle Of Church Of St Mary Magdalene, Church Street, Cottingham, Corby, Northamptonshire

A full list can be found on the Historic England website database

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